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MEDI 1810 - STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft

Marine Emergency Duties Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course teaches orderly abandonment of a vessel in an emergency situation; clearing the vessel; proper and effective use of equipment; and coordinating survival activities during rescue operation. The course is designed for certificated officers and for certificated ratings. Such personnel are required to complete a comprehensive MED training program of which Survival Craft is one component. This course meets the requirements of Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Convention Specification of the minimum standard of competence in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats.


Minimum of 16 years of age and must hold a valid MED A1, MED A2, or STCW Basic Safety training certificate.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in:

  • Construction and outfit of survival craft and rescue boats, and individual items of their equipment
  • Particular characteristics and facilities of survival craft and rescue boats
  • Various types of devices used for launching survival craft and rescue boats
  • Methods of launching survival craft into a rough sea
  • Methods of recovering survival craft
  • Actions to be taken after leaving the ship
  • Methods of launching and recovering rescue boats in a rough sea
  • Handling survival craft in rough weather
  • Use of painter, sea anchor, and all other equipment
  • Apportionment of food and water in survival craft
  • Action taken to maximize detectability and location of survival craft
  • Method of helicopter rescue
  • Effects of hypothermia and its prevention, use of protective covers and garments, including immersion suits and thermal protective aids
  • Use of rescue boats and motor lifeboats for marshalling life rafts and rescue of survivors, and persons in the sea
  • Beaching survival craft
  • Methods of starting and operating a survival craft engine, and its accessories, together with the use of the fire extinguisher provided
  • Radio lifesaving appliances carried in survival craft, including satellite EPIRBs and SARTs
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • Use of the first-aid and resuscitation techniques
  • Management of injured persons, including control of bleeding and shock

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

MEDI 1810 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Bridge Watch Rating
    Full-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Marine Engineering
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma
  3. Nautical Sciences
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma


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